The Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Laboratory directed by Dr. Song Han has recently received multiple external and internal grants to support the design, analysis and implementation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems and their applications in a variety of industrial domains. The first NSF project “PFI-TT: Developing a Configurable Real-time High-speed Wireless Communication Platform for Large-scale Industrial Control Systems” aims at the development of an ultra-high-speed real-time wireless communication platform to support emerging large-scale industrial sensing and control systems. The second NSF project, “CPS: Small: Collaborative Research: A Secure Communication Framework with Verifiable Authenticity for Immutable Services in Industrial IoT Systems” is a collaborative project with the University of California at Santa Cruz and will design and analyze the performance of a secure two-way communication framework to support verifiable and immutable services within and among multiple connected IIoT systems. The third NSF project, “CCRI: Planning: Collaborative Research: A Software-defined Wireless Communications Network Research Infrastructure for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Research Community” is a collaborative project with Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Texas San Antonio which aims at the planning and design activities for a software-defined wireless network infrastructure for the IIoT research community.
Along with the NSF projects, Dr. Han received the UConn Research Excellence Program Award for his project “Towards Real-Time Data Retrieval with Mobile Edge Devices in Wireless-Powered Industrial IoT Systems” which aims at the design of novel real-time data retrieval technologies in wireless-powered IIoT systems for battery-less and sustainable operations.
Dr. Han is also a key research participant of the recently funded NASA Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute, which includes a team from UConn – in a partnership led by Purdue University and including Harvard University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. According To UConn Today, the UConn team will seek to design and operate resilient deep-space habitats that can adapt and recover from expected and unexpected disruptions. The new institute will receive as much as $15 million over a five-year period to fund its work of designing and ultimately creating a prototype of an autonomous, resilient, deep-space habitat that is capable of functioning with and without the presence of a human crew.